Who can forget Brendan McCullum’s exploits in the 2015 World Cup? Some of best bowlers – pacers in particular – in the game such as James Anderson, Dale Steyn, Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga saw the ball losing all its colour. Such was the destruction the former New Zealand captain caused as he took his team to the final.
In the final, though, Mitchell Starc got the better of him, going low and fast, yorking him as he went for his now-famous booming drive over extra cover. Pacer Pat Cummins did the same in the recent Big Bash game between Sydney Thunder and Brisbane Heat.
McCullum, playing for Heat, decided to take the young Australian pacer on. In the blink of an eye, the ball shattered the stumps, sending the Kiwi legend packing. The 22-year-old Cummins delivered yet another toe-crushing yorker minutes later to remove Heat’s Alex Ross.
Cummins had a forgettable end to the match, though. Chris Lynn carted the pacer to all parts of the ground and helped Heat pull off an improbable win against Thunder. After spending many years in the medical room, this was a statement of intent from Cummins, who is in red-hot form in the ongoing Big Bash with the bat and ball.